The 2019 NBA Draft took place and as expected, Duke University’s Zion Williamson was drafted No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. Ja Morant from Murrary State went No. 2 to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Wiliamson’s Duke teammate, RJ Barrett, was drafted by the New York Knicks at No. 3.
The Pelicans traded the No. 4 pick, acquired from the Lakers via the Anthony Davis trade, to the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks drafted De’Andre Hunter from Virginia and the Pelicans took Jaxson Hayes from Texas at No. 8. Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland, Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver and UNC’s Coby White were the No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 picks. Duke’s Cam Reddish was drafted by the Hawks at No. 10, giving Duke three picks in the top 10. Duke was the second school ever to accomplish this feat, following Florida in 2007, when Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah were all top-10 selections.
The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Darius Bazley at No. 24. Bazley signed a deal with New Balance and sat out last season instead of playing in college.
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